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Forest Service seeks input on Tusayan rain tank allotment

Kaibab National Forest considering re-issuing a 10-year grazing permit on the rain tank allotment on the Tusayan Ranger District. (Loretta James/WGCN)

Kaibab National Forest considering re-issuing a 10-year grazing permit on the rain tank allotment on the Tusayan Ranger District. (Loretta James/WGCN)

TUSAYAN, Ariz. — The Kaibab National Forest is seeking public input on a proposal to re-issue a 10-year grazing permit on the rain tank allotment on the Tusayan Ranger District. The allotment is located west of Tusayan, bounded by Grand Canyon National Park on the north and the Havasupai Indian Reservation to the west, and within the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument, the designation of which protects multiple uses, to include permit-based livestock grazing.

The forest proposes to re-authorize livestock grazing on the Rain Tank Allotment. Proposed permitted numbers would be 200-500 cow/calf pairs for a seven-month period, a change from the currently permitted 280 cow/calf pairs for a seven-month period.

Any proposed increase would be based off a carrying capacity analysis and driven by data from the Rangeland Analysis Platform and the Rangeland Production Monitoring Service. Annual authorized livestock numbers would be based on existing conditions, available water and forage, and predicted forage production for the year.

Proposed structural range improvements include installation of two new water harvesting catchments and the reconstruction and extension of an existing water pipeline with associated storage tanks and troughs. The pipeline would be supplied from an existing water source located on non-Forest Service lands and would be buried where possible.

The Kaibab National Forest is conducting a 30-day public scoping period. During this time, the public is invited to review the proposed action and provide feedback on the information included therein.

Substantive comments are the most useful; they are comments that are within the scope of the proposed action, are specific to the proposed action, have a direct relationship to the proposed action, and include supporting reasons for consideration. The public input period will run through March 4 via email to comments-southwestern-kaibab-tusayan@usda.gov, mail or hand delivery (during business hours) to 742 S. Clover Road, Williams, AZ 86046, or hand delivery to 176 Lincoln Log Loop, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023, and through the project website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/kaibab/?project=65491.

The draft analysis and supporting documents are available on the Kaibab National Forest website, https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/kaibab/?project=65491.


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